Caffeinated Conversations

Three sisters on a caffeine kick... just a few reflections on life!

Location: United States

Monday, June 28, 2004


Isn't it wonderful that we now have a place to go to be able to lie better? I was so excited to read in our local paper that there are actual web sites out there that people can go to get into newsgroups especially for the purpose of lying! Yay!

Apparently, just sending out a text-message to this newsgroup will provide numerous responses - even people willing to call that girlfriend and tell her he's the coach from some university and her boyfriend is having to go out of town now so that he can try out with said coach - who is totally not the coach and is, in fact, a complete stranger willing and able to lie, lie, lie! to allow this guy a chance to cheat on his girlfriend! Yes! This is the actual story given in the paper - this actually happened!

Dude, if you have that little respect for her and you want to cheat that badly, you don't want to be in the relationship except as a mooch and a pathetic hanger-on, loser co-dependent freak. Break it off before screwing around on her! And for anyone else out there who feels using this to lie to your boss, your wife, your husband, or even your best friend is a good idea, GET A LIFE!

Mocha 1.0

Thursday, June 24, 2004


Oddly enough, my new favorite song is now the SUV Song (from A Snoodle's Tale by VeggieTales). Any adult who feels too big for kid movies or songs, they obviously haven't heard "Silly Songs with Larry" - "that part of the show where Larry sings a silly song."

And next year I'm going to "Overdone British Literary Adaptations Camp" and in the spring I'm going to "Overdone Literary Emulations Camp." Maybe one day I can then write something as good as "The Strange Case of Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly," though I've heard there are side effects to the second camp (like unprecedented urges to eat green ham or eggs or something...)

Mocha 1.0

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Just put it off...

Do as I say, not as I do. I love putting everything off to the last moment. I love the stress, the heartburn. I love that feeling of accomplishment as I email that project off mere minutes before the drop-dead time, quivering in excitement as I hope and pray no storm takes out my connection, no system outage screws up my masterpiece. If I could do everything at the last moment, I would. Wait a minute: I do! What a wonderous thing!

Mocha 1.0

Monday, June 21, 2004


Wow!  I have been sorely neglecting this little weblog, haven’t I? 


My husband and I are getting ready to move out of our apartment of the last three years—into a cute little two-bedroom house.  It’s amazing how life’s simple pleasures can change over time.  A couple of months ago, we were shopping for a four-bedroom home and nit-picking over the size of the yard and the age of the furnace.  Now, after a few surprising twists in our career sagas, we’re just relieved to have a home at all.   When my poor hubby’s job fell through and we realized we needed to rent something cheap rather than buy, we quickly found out there aren’t many decent places to rent in this town.  By the time we’d called a dozen places, looked at a couple depressingly run-down options, and almost given up hope of finding something affordable yet comfortable, we were thrilled to snag this tiny, green ranch house in a quiet neighborhood.  We may be here a year.  It may be three years.  It all depends on what happens in our respective careers.  In the meantime, we’ll have a busy couple of months as we’re transitioning from apartment to house!


Mocha 2.5

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

You can always count on your friends

I always buy a yearbook every year from my school so that I can remember my students. This year I am having each of my students sign - no penalties as long as it isn't too hideously bad. Here is what one of the girls in my first block shared:

Happiness is like peeing on yourself. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel it's warmth.

I'm not sure I totally agree - I think the warmth of happiness can spread - but it's an interesting perspective! Did I mention my students are between 13 and 16? Mmmm hmmmm...

Mocha 1.0

Thursday, June 03, 2004


This is completely idiotic and stupid in every sense of the word. What is with the feds thinking they know what goes on in the American classroom? They are so completely clueless!

Here's my rant: one of our best teachers was told today she was going to have to go back to school to become "highly qualified" to teach what she has been teaching for the past 10 years. Am I being silly? Well, all this standardized testing required should be a good measure, shouldn't it? Just to show that I and all her students are not the only ones who think she's one of our best teachers, she has close to a 100% pass rate in her classes on those tests almost every single semester. She teaches early world history, a class intended for tenth and eleventh graders, to eighth graders. The test is built for sophomores and juniors. Yet her eighth graders still pass! Is she good? Of course! Is she leaving us now? Well, the frustration level sure is up there! And now I find out that she's one of four of our teachers who have gotten this news today. Where do they think the replacement teachers are going to be coming from?!!!!!!!!!!! We have pre- and post-tests that show we have good teachers! These teachers work with students in a poor community and yet they achieve. The teachers work together! They work with parents! Why are we chasing them all away?

Rant ended.
Mocha 1.0

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Afternoon ramblings

Why must I be a caffiene addict?  OK, I take that back.  If I was a true caffeine addict, I’d be curled up in the corner of my office in a fetal position, fighting off a raging headache and the chillls (this I know from watching “recovering addict” movies and TV shows).  But I am just a mild addict.  So my recent (as in, 12 hours ago) resolve to wean myself off caffeine merely has me falling asleep at my computer.  Everything in me wants to run home and whip up a strong, delicious, soothing cup of moka java.  But I resist.  What a rock.


By the way, has anyone out there read any Anne Lamott?  I’m currently reading Operating Instructions.  She’s the best ab exercise I’ve gotten in a long while.  Many, many laughs.  If you haven’t laughed out loud in a while, and if you can handle some delightful sarcasm & cutting wit, you MUST read her. 


Mocha 2.5